Feast of Saint Monica on August 27

Devotees of Saint Monica will commemorate on Saturday, Aug, 27, the feast day of the revered patron saint of mothers and wives.

Santa Monica (Catholic Online)

At the Santa Monica de Tondo Parish in Tondo, Manila, the solemn feast day mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. It will be followed by a procession. A mass wedding will also be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. Novena masses were offered from Aug. 18 to 26.

A solemn feast day mass in honor of her son San Agustin will be held at the church on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Holy masses will also be held in honor of St. Monica at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila as well as in Sta. Monica, Surigao del Norte; Alburquerque, Bohol; Taytay, Palawan; Minalin, Pampanga; Pavia, Iloilo; Botolan, Zambales; Panay, Capiz; Sarrat, Ilocos Norte; and in Angat, Bulacan.

St. Monica is the mother of one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints, St. Augustine (San Agustin), the founder of the Augustinian Order, whose feast day will be observed on Sunday, Aug. 28. Considered as a great model for Christian mothers, she converted her wayward son, St. Augustine, as well as her pagan husband and his mother, through intense praying and fasting.

St. Augustine wrote about his mother’s pious acts and his life with her in Confessions.

Born in Tagaste, North Africa in the year 331, St. Monica was a staunch devotee of the Blessed Mother. She was admired for her patience, perseverance, prayerful disposition, and deep faith. She died in the year 387 in Ostia, Italy where she was buried.

St. Monica is also honored in the Orthodox Churches.